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#1 blub

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:01 AM

My 62 y/o father wants a computer (for research) and wanted me to check out one he saw an ad for. I have an opinion about the computer, but I'd like to get more opinions from more knowledgeable people.

So here are the system specs as well as more information on the computer - http://www.mywowcomputer.com/faqs.html

 

Screen                     20" High Definition, 16:9 Widescreen Panel (1600 x 900 pixels)
Processor                AMD® Dual-Core E-350 (1.6GHz) Processor
Memory                    2G DDR3 / DDR3 SO-DIMM x 2 Slots
Hard Drive                500GB 3.5" SATA II
Disk Drive                Tray-in DVD Super Multi
Webcam                   Built-in Webcam with microphone
Touch Screen           Multi Touch Screen
Rear Input/Output     4 USB ports, 1 microphone in, 1 earphone out, 10/100/1000 LAN
Side Input/Output      1 Card Reader with 6-in-1 memory, 2 USB ports (1 with Super Charger), 1 DC jack
Wireless                    802.11 b/g/n
Speakers                  Two 3W Stereo Speakers with SRS Premium Sound Technology
Operating System     Linux

Price                         $999 on sale
         

I've heard it costs $10 per month for tech support for this computer, I've also heard it's mandatory.

My father wants the computer for research. He has only used a computer a handful of times before and those computers ran Windows.

I have an opinion about this computer, but I would like to get more opinions from you all.  Thanks.



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:20 AM

That is too expensive for a computer that runs Open Source Software. Those specs are very poor for the price as well. However those specs are sufficient for "doing research" I recommend you spend 1/3 of the price and get something different with equal performance. If he is a novice user, you should definitely get a Windows PC. You can always add a Linux partition for experimenting

 

I clicked on the link, it looks very generic. is this from an info-mercial? Never heard of the brand WOW!, I don't trust it. Looks like a hoax to get senior citizens to buy a PC because they are vulnerable as uninformed technology consumers. I just sold a local retired man a laptop for $70, I guess I could have ripped him off if I thought about it. After looking at this site I guess it is legal to rip off seniors.


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:43 PM

check this out: (it is half the price)

 

https://www.google.com/shopping/product/17895945415337651490?q=all%20in%20one%20touch%20screen&hl=en&client=ubuntu&hs=fvM&channel=fs&biw=1301&bih=646&sa=X&ei=4vVmUfamOZDhiwLZ84DIAw&ved=0CMABEPMCMAI



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:55 PM

Thanks. I thought it was a rip-off. When I called and spoke to the sales rep. she kept getting irritated when I asked her a bunch of questions (like if software could be installed). It made me very suspicious.

I don't know who makes the computer, but a company called FirstStreet sells it. I think they sell overpriced, useless garbage to senior citizens. The ad was in AARP magazine.

I was just going to get a new computer and let my dad use my old one. It's perfect if all he wants to do is research. I don't know why he wants that WOW computer.



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:10 AM

Im with scurvy-waaaay overpriced. You can go down to wal-mart, and get a better computer, for a quarter of that.


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